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ATLANTA, GA – Georgia State Soccer Association has been awarded US Soccer Innovate to Grow Grant for Coaching Development.

Georgia State Soccer Association is proud to announce that it has been named the recipient of the US Soccer Innovate to Grow Grant. The grant will provide funding for coaching development and will fully fund 100 new coaches each year for the next two years. The grant will cover the cost of Grassroots and D licenses, as well as provide educational tools through our partner at Positive Coaching Alliance to assist in the development of these coaches.

The grant will focus on increasing the number of female coaches, our Spanish speaking communities and ODP players interested in Coaching as a career. We believe that investing in coaching development will have a positive impact on player development, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to our community.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant from US Soccer, which will allow us to further our mission of developing the game and the individuals who play it," said Laura Halfpenny, Executive Director. "By investing in coaching development, we are investing in the future of soccer in our community."

The Grassroots and D licenses are designed to provide coaches with the knowledge and skills they need to create a positive and fun learning environment for players. The educational tools provided by Positive Coaching Alliance will further support the development of these coaches and ensure that they are equipped to deliver the best possible experience to our players.

"We look forward to working with Georgia State Soccer Association to create the best possible sports experience for their athletes,” said Positive Coaching Alliance President Jason Sacks. “We appreciate the Association leadership making a positive youth sports experience a priority for all involved. When sports are done right, we know it can be an

amazing opportunity not only to strive to win but more importantly, teach life lessons that will stay with our youth long after their playing days are over.”

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About Georgia Soccer

Georgia Soccer is the authorized state youth and adult association for Georgia within the United States Adult Soccer Association, United States Youth Soccer Association, and through them is part of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Also, Georgia Soccer serves as the official National State Association of USSF making it responsible to act on behalf of USSF and provide licensing courses for coaches and certification courses for referees. In turn, the United States Soccer Federation is the recognized national soccer association within the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA), the worldwide governing body for soccer. Essentially, we serve affiliated member organizations throughout Georgia in both program and administrative support activities.